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Number 948, November 12, 2017

Irreducible and Stubborn Facts

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by Ken Holder

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The things you find while reading books:

When [William James] was finishing his great treatise on the Principles of Psychology, he wrote to his brother Henry James, ‘I have to forge every sentence in the teeth of irreducible and stubborn facts.’

This new tinge to modern minds is a vehement and passionate interest in the relation of general principles to irreducible and stubborn facts. All the world over and at all times there have been practical men, absorbed in ‘irreducible and stubborn facts’, all the world over and at all times there have been men of philosophic temperament who have been absorbed in the weaving of general principles. It is this union of passionate interest in the detailed facts with equal devotion to abstract generalisation which forms the novelty in our present society. Previously it had appeared sporadically and as if by chance. This balance of mind has now become part of the tradition which infects cultivated thought. It is the salt which keeps life sweet. The main business of universities is to transmit this tradition as a widespread inheritance from generation to generation.
—Alfred North Whitehead, Science and the Modern World, Chapter 1, pp. 2-3.

So, do you think perhaps many universities have neglected this “main business”?

I recommend that book for anyone interested in History, The History of Ideas, The History of Science, and/or The History of Philosophy. Or if you just like to think about things. That is why you come to this web site, right? Right!


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